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Value-Added Year



To equip the residents with skills to contribute to their respective future fields and allow them to be able to address an ever-changing health care environment, they will be offered a one-year program of value-added post-graduate scholarship or training, after the third clinical year of training.

Research:  This program will include a one-year period that is dedicated to scholarship to promote the deeper understanding of unity between excellence of care, lifelong learning, and scientific pursuit.
With the help of the Program Director, during the first 2-3 years of training, the resident will establish his/her area of primary interest [i.e his/her desired field of future practice or academic involvement]; in the time leading up to the value-added year, the Program Director, the Director of Surgical Research, and/or the resident’s faculty mentor and other resources at FAU will assist the resident to find a well-established and highly productive research lab or mentor; the residents will then spend time during the PGY III year to prepare for the value-added year and are encouraged to begin working on a grant and/or specific research proposals to optimize the effectiveness of their value-added year.

Care of the Critically Ill Patient/Trauma*: The program will allow an in-residency, one-year critical care/trauma fellowship at any high quality ACGME accredited fellowship institution; this fellowship is designed to address the issues around the changing definition of what is a "general surgeon" and the increasing community needs for highly trained surgical specialists capable of caring for the critically ill, the injured and emergency surgical patients.  This fellowship will enable the resident to sit for the certifying examination in surgical critical care after successful completion of all requirements.

Additional Qualifications*: At this time the program is working with FAU and other schools to establish the possibility for the resident to complete one of two executive master’s degree programs: The Business of Medicine: A one-year executive MBA program, would be designed to teach the basics of financial and business management, leadership, strategy and negotiation, operations, marketing, innovation and so forth.
Public Health/Health Care Administration: A one-year MPH or MHS program would be designed to teach the resident the concepts and issues around epidemiology, public health and research (evidence-based medicine).
Other options can be considered on an individual basis.

 * admission to a critical care fellowship or master’s program is subject to the resident successfully
   applying to that program’s selection process.

Prior to making any choices regarding the value-added year, the residents will have the opportunity to discuss their options with the Program Director, faculty mentors and fellow residents who have already undergone this experience.  The Program Director will guide the resident as to what choice[s] would fit most with the resident’s expressed career path, and will ultimately approve the appropriate choice for each resident.

During the value-added year the resident’s salary and benefits will be funded by Florida Atlantic University, through its teaching hospitals.  To maintain clinical involvement residents are expected to do 4 resident call shifts per month.  In addition, all residents are expected to audit the core curriculum and successfully complete the monthly curriculum tests, as well as the annual ABSITE examination.

The resident’s progress during the year will be monitored by the Program Director, and each resident will undergo the semi-annual formative evaluations.

Last Modified 11/8/16